For Immediate Release

February 8, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $84,000 civil penalty against Advanced Automotive Interior Design of Richardson, Tex., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Advanced Automotive Interior Design improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 10 air bag modules to Federal Express for transportation by air. Automotive air bag modules are classified as hazardous materials. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Gadsden, Ala., discovered the shipment.

Advanced Automotive Interior Design offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Advanced Automotive Interior Design also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Advanced Automotive Interior Design has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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